Preparing students for college means giving them more than a grounding in academics. Time-management skills, an ability to persevere to solve problems, and a sense of personal responsibility are also skills that schools can instill to help students navigate the challenges of higher education.
Unaccompanied immigrant students face a daunting set of obstacles to finish high school. Many students have survived severe trauma in their home countries or missed years of school.
College of the Canyons has been a trailblazer for several years with its policy of placing more of its students in math classes that count for transfer instead of remedial courses.
The California Career Pathways Trust funded alliances among school districts, businesses and colleges that established hundreds of new career pathway programs, but regional commitments were hard to sustain, a study found.
While overall scores rose, only 48 percent of California students did well enough on the SAT to be considered fully college ready. Ethnic disparities remain as well.
But social and emotional support can help more students succeed in college.
Dozens of districts are offering the tests at their own expense already, because scores on SAT and ACT, not Smarter Balanced, are what matters to high school juniors.
California's likely next governor has yet to spell out how much implementing his strategy will cost.
Smoothing pathway to, and through, college would help California be more competitive.
Getting Down to Facts II finds strong support for education reforms but also obstacles to student achievement and a need for more funding.
The State Board of Education has no answer to a basic question: Should the state measure readiness for 'college and careers' or 'college or careers'?
Superintendents say free college readiness testing for all would raise SAT/ACT scores and boost college admissions. Opponents say AB 1951 would undermine the usefulness of high school testing.
Students do better in for-credit classes with extra support than when they are pushed into no-credit remedial algebra, studies show.
Students aiming for the Ivy League, Stanford, UC Berkeley or other top private and public universities learn about how to get there.
Requiring graduates meet California State University requirements may deny diplomas to otherwise prepared students.
Too many students think 'STEM is only for the smartest of the smart,' while millions of jobs go unfilled.